Reinventing the Bazaar: A Natural History of Markets

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W. W. Norton & Company, 17 nov. 2003 - 288 páginas

Clear, insightful, and nondogmatic, this book gives us a new appreciation for one of our most ubiquitous institutions.

From the wild swings of the stock market to the online auctions of eBay to the unexpected twists of the world's post-Communist economies, markets have suddenly become quite visible. We now have occasion to ask, "What makes these institutions work? How important are they? How can we improve them?"

Taking us on a lively tour of a world we once took for granted, John McMillan offers examples ranging from a camel trading fair in India to the $20 million per day Aalsmeer flower market in the Netherlands to the global trade in AIDS drugs. Eschewing ideology, he shows us that markets are neither magical nor immoral. Rather, they are powerful if imperfect tools, the best we've found for improving our living standards.

A New York Times Notable Book.

 

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REINVENTING THE BAZAAR: A Natural History of Markets

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A wide-ranging, illuminating history of that old, colorful, and sometimes disgraceful institution known as the marketplace: exotic, innovative, and everyday; on terra firma and in cyberspace; bazaar ... Leer reseña completa

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When I picked up this book, I thought it was going to be a more social science-oriented view of markets. The title calls itself a 'Natural History of Markets'. Instead, the book is very much a ... Leer reseña completa

Índice

The Only Natural Economy
5
Triumphs of Intelligence
17
He Who Cant Pay Dies
29
Information Wants to Be Free
43
Honesty Is the Best Policy
55
To the Best Bidder
67
Come Bid
77
When You Work for Yourself
91
Grassroots Effort
150
Managers of Other Peoples Money
169
A New Era of Competition
184
Coming Up for Air
198
Antipoverty Warriors
213
Market Imperatives
226
Acknowledgments
233
Endnotes
235

The Embarrassment of a Patent
105
No Man Is an Island
121
A Conspiracy against the Public
138
References
249
Index
265
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Sobre el autor (2003)

John McMillan (1951—2007) was the Jonathan B. Lovelace Professor of Economics at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business.

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